Flower City Feeling Good Series

Get Moving with Flower City Feeling Good 2021

The annual Flower City Feeling Good series offers many opportunities to get fit and be fascinated around Rochester's neighborhoods and natural areas.


Explore nature and the city’s amazing historic parks and neighborhoods by bike, on foot or in canoes by participating in Wednesday night bike rides, night nature and history walks, monthly guided paddles and Zumba in the park! Walks and rides are leisurely with slight grade changes, mostly on paths or sidewalks.   


 June 16 through September 1

All rides start promptly at 6:45p.m.

Helmets are REQUIRED for all participants. 

For more information, please email Stephanie Benway at: stephanie.benway@cityofrochester.gov.

Explore the city’s natural and built environments – rides highlight neighborhoods, city landmarks, natural wonders and the rich history of our great city. Cancellations due to weather will be made at start time on the site of the ride.

June 16: Maplewood Park, 107 Bridgeview Drive

June 23: Thomas Ryan R-Center, 530 Webster Avenue

June 30: Adams St. R-Center, 85 Adams Street

July 7: Danforth Community R-Center, 200 West Avenue

July 14: Avenue D R-Center, 200 Avenue D

July 21: Frederick Douglass R-Center, 990 South Avenue

July 28: Trenton & Pamela Jackson R-Center, 485 N. Clinton Avenue 

August 4: Carter St. R-Center, 500 Carter Street

August 11: Genesee Valley Sports Complex, 131 Elmwood Avenue 

August 18: David Gantt R-Center, 700 North Street

August 25: Maplewood Park107 Bridgeview Drive

September 1: Flint St. R-Center, 271 Flint Street



Thursdays, June 10 through August 12, 6 - 7:30 p.m. 

Thursday Evening Walks will highlight the historical and natural wonders of the City of Rochester.  Walks last approximately 90 minutes.  Wear comfortable footwear. 

Corn Hill History Walk: June 10. Where did our city’s founder Nathaniel Rochester live? Who put the statue of Mercury into our skyline? Where did a couple of teenage girls once talk to the dead? Where did Frederick Douglass first publish his historic newspaper, The North Star? It all happened in the Third Ward, now known as Corn Hill. Join historian Jim DeVinney to hear about some of our city’s most colorful and historic people, places and events. Meet at Water Spirit Sculpture at South Plymouth and Exchange St.

Washington Grove: June 22. Join members of the Friends of Washington Grove to walk through the canopy of 250-year-old Oak trees and find out about Washington Grove’s natural and cultural history, its many changes and what the future may hold. Meet at the kiosk atop Cobbs Hill Reservoir in the open field behind the pine grove (take the reservoir road off of Highland Ave.)

El Camino Trail: July 8. Join the Genesee Land Trust on a walk of El Camino, a 2.2-mile urban, multi-use trail. The Thomas R. Frey Trail at El Camino, a rails to trail project opened in 2012, is most notably known for its unique murals and trail markers that reflect the cultural history of the area. Learn more at: www. myelcamino.org Meet at Conkey Corner Park at the corner of Conkey and Clifford Avenue. 

Highland Park Walk: July 15. Join Monroe County Horticulturist Susan Maney for a tour of Highland Park - the first Olmsted designed park in Rochester. The tour will highlight the unique and historic trees that make the park such a horticultural gem. Meet outside of the Lamberton Conservatory. Parking available along Reservoir Ave. 

Downtown Heritage Trail: August 12. Explore Rochester’s past through its buildings and landmarks. Join Deputy City Historian, Michelle Finn, for a walking tour of the Downtown Heritage Trail. The trail is approximately 1 mile round-trip and will take about an hour to complete. Meet on the north side of the Rundel Memorial Building, at the corner of Broad St. and South Ave.


The City of Rochester boasts an array of beautiful parks and green spaces.  This summer, the City of Rochester has partnered with the Maplewood Family YMCA to offer family friendly Zumba classes in the beautiful Maplewood Rose Garden.  All classes are FREE and open to all abilities.  Exercise sessions start at 6 p.m.   

Maplewood Rose Garden: Meet in the Rose Garden parking lot at Lake Avenue and Driving Park Avenue. 

  • May 26, July 7, August 18.  

Cobbs Hill Park: Meet at the Lake Riley Lodge parking lot off of Norris Drive.

  • June 9 & July 21.  
International Plaza: Meet in the International Plaza parking lot at 828 N. Clinton Ave.   
  • June 23 & August 4. 

The City of Rochester is partnering with Genesee Waterways Center (GWC) and Genesee RiverWatch to provide family-friendly paddle adventures on the Genesee River, Erie Canal and Red Creek. Children under 18 must be accompanied by an adult. To register visit www.geneseewaterways.org/ Community-Events

River, Canal, Creek Paddle: Saturday, June 12 and August 29, 10 a.m. - 12 p.m.  Meet for a guided paddle down the Genesee River to the Erie Canal, and up Red Creek, a hidden gem abundant with wildlife, including great blue herons, kingfishers, painted turtles and more!  Genesee Waterways Center, 149 Elmwood Ave.

Petten to Turning Point Paddle: Saturday, July 11, Sunday, September 12, and Octtober 2 10 a.m. -12 p.m.  Meet at the Petten Street boat launch for a guided paddle of the Genesee River, up to Turning Point park and back. Petten Street Boat Launch, 110 Petten St.